Argentina's Highlights - Cities, Glaciers & Waterfalls

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Run by: Rainbow Tours

Reference number: ITN-ARG009

From: £2835.00

This Argentina holiday is a great introduction to the classic highlights of this vast country. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, the dynamic and awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier and breathtaking Iguazu Falls.

Fall in love with the classic European style architecture of Buenos Aires, the wide boulevards and the sultry sounds of tango. As night falls, indulge in prime Argentine beef complemented by the dark, robust flavours of Malbec. Visit the famous Recoleta cemetery and learn about the heroic late Eva Peron. In the far south, Patagonia is a region of endless pampas, dotted with working estancias. Near the town of El Calafate, is the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. Admire this huge ice structure by boat from Lago Argentino and listen out for the deafening roar of glacier calving.

The final stop of your Argentina holiday is Iguazu Falls in the tropical north of the country. Surrounded by Atlantic Rainforest, the 275 individual waterfalls cover several kilometres. From the Devils Throat suspended lookout, feel the powerful, concentrated torrent of water as the deafening cascade plunges over the precipice.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival to Buenos Aires, often referred to as the 'Paris of South America'. A beautiful metropolis with gourmet cuisine, great shopping and exquisite architecture, Buenos Aires will keep you enthralled. Each neighbourhood has it's own unique feel. Browse the designer stores in upmarket Recoleta, one of the city's most fashionable areas. Wander the regenerated Puerto Madero waterfront dock with its cobbled paths and attractive brick buildings. San Telmo is full of charm and personality, and increasingly popular with artists. Browse the antique stores and look out for the statues of Mafalda, a popular Argentine cartoon character.

Day 2 Explore the bustling heart of Buenos Aires including the Plaza de Mayo, where the Casa Rosado (Pink House) Presidential Palace is located, trendy Palermo, colourful port neighbourhood of La Boca with its famous and well-photographed street, ‘Caminito’ and the elegant Recoleta. In the evening, dine on fine Argentine steak washed down with local malbec before a seductive tango performance at Esquina Carlos Gardel. Watch some of Argentina’s finest singers and dancers perform a sensual and evocative tango show.

Day 3 Indulge in a slice of Argentine history and learn about Eva Peron at Museo Evita, a wonderful collection of videos, historical photos, books, old posters and newspapers. The prize memorabilia is her sumptuous wardrobe collection. After this introduction to her life, visit Recoleta Cemetery to see her final resting place, a pretty modest mausoleum. In Palermo, relax in one of the large, grassy parks such as Parque 3 de Febrero before lunch in Plaza Serrano, a small square with a great choice of restaurants and cafes. Try a typical meat filled empanada or sweet alfajore.

Day 4 Patagonia is located in the far south of Argentine and El Calafate is one of the key tourist towns in the region. The towns flanks the southern shore of Lago Argentino and the main street is dotted with knotted-pine styled souvenir shops, chocolate shops and restaurants. The town is surrounded by flat Patagonian steppe where you will find traditional estancias, the backbone of the area. North of town, visit the Laguna Nimez nature reserve where along the lake shore you can take a self-guided trail. The reserve is great for spotting an array of birdlife including vibrant flamingos.

Day 5 Around 80kms from El Calafate town is the imposing Perito Moreno glacier, located within Parque National Los Glaciares. Here, the Perito Moreno Glacier, a huge river of ice 30 km long with a snout 5 km wide, descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field to Lago Argentino. As it advances, the ice cracks and produces thunderous roars that reverberate from deep within the glacier, producing a hugely impressive show. Walk along the paths in front of its western wall allows you to admire this natural wonder from different viewpoints and take the boat trip to enjoy views of the glacier wall from lake level.

Day 6 Free day to relax in town or venture further afield. We can arrange a typical Patagonian experience at Estancia Cristina, a historic place that tells the story of the great effort and perseverance of the family that made this lonely and inhospitable home. Visit the museum and the old shearing shed, where you will learn about the history of the estancia. Options to walk include a short trip to Caterina River and chapel and a two hour easy trek to Los Perros waterfall, a beautiful spot surrounded by nires woods. For the more active, travel to El Chalten, the base for trekking to spectacular Fitzroy Mountain.

Day 7 Igauzu Falls is situated on the Parana River, a natural border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. One of the planets most breathtaking sights, the falls are truly astounding with 275 separate falls spanning a distance of 3km. Surrounding the falls is lush Atlantic rainforest, a region of high temperatures, humidity and rainfall encouraging a truly diverse habitat. They have identified 2000 plant species, numerous insects, 400 species of birds along with mammals and reptiles. Venture away from the main falls area for a more diverse range of wildlife.

Day 8 Start early to beat the crowds and visit the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls. There is plenty of time to talk the combined 1400 metres of path on the upper and lower circuits. The suspended walkways have been built to protect the jungle and protect the fauna whilst providing a panoramic view from a elevated position. Walk across the Rio Iguazu to reach the Devils Throat lookout. Perched above a mass of powerful, concentrated torrent of water, as thedeafening cascade plunges over the precipice. There is also the option for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the falls.

Day 9 Cross the border to Brazil. From the first balcony there is a gorgeous view of the Argentine side of the falls, the lower Iguazu River and the Devil's Gorge Canyon. Return to the entrance by elevator and stairs for some final souvenir shopping before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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